The Jews of Danzig are a loyal element, a leading article in the Danziger Echo asserts.
The article draws attention to a statement by the new president of the Senate that the State knows no distinctions as to occupation, race, religion or nationality.
All sections of the population of the Free City were called upon by President Crosier to cooperate “in the great work that lies before us.”
“It is a great mistake,” he said, “to think that the government wants to have only such collaborators as are members of the National Socialist party. Everybody who in any form is prepared to cooperate in the great aims of the National Socialist government of Danzig thus proclaims his positive stand toward the government.
“The government knows no distinctions as to name and class, origin and rank, occupation and religion.”
The Echo points out that “we have here two different formulations.”
“In the one it is stated that decent people without distinction of race and ation enjoy the protection of the State, in the other, which deals in the cooperation with the constructive work of the State, the point about race is left out and is replaced by religion.
“We must ask, therefore, whether this twofold formulation i##an intentional exclusion of the Jews from the constructive work. The Jews in Danzig are a loyal element, an element of constructive and economic advancement.
“Are we to repeat how much Danzig owes to Jewish commercial spirit and Jewish initiative?
“We do not believe that the exclusion of Jews from the constructive work of the State could be useful.
“So far the Jews of Danzig are al subjects of Danzig, it is for them not only a question of loyalty but also of the duty of recognizing their own State and carrying out loyally their duties as citizens.
“How could it be otherwise unless the Jews also desire to surrender the rights which they enjoy as a result of their membership in this State?”
The article concludes that the economic interests of the Jews are bound up with those of Danzig.
“The economic prosperity and the possibilities of expansion affect Jewish trade just as much as the non-Jewish. This is obvious.”
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